American Tales

June 19 – August 10, 2008

Written by: Book and Lyrics by Ken Stone, Music by Jan Powell
Directed by: Thor Steingraber & Kay Cole

Two tales of folie à deux by two great American writers… of connections made and tragically missed. American Tales takes us on a musical journey through Mark Twain’s The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton and Herman Melville’s Bartleby The Scrivener. Twain’s prophetic tale, written two years after the telephone was invented, imagines a time when people would fall in love across thousands of miles. Near-misses, mistaken identities and the wit of Mark Twain make this a love story for the ages. In Bartleby, we visit a Wall Street law office in an America quickly becoming industrialized and impersonal. Bartleby answers a job posting and stays long past his welcome, as Melville ponders the great question of compassion and man’s responsibility to his fellow man.

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ADVISORY

Recommended for Ages 16+

CAST

BURLEY/BARTLEBY: Raphael Sbarge, Richard Miro
UNCLE CHARLES/MAID/TURKEY: Paul Eiding, John Wallace Combs
DOCTOR/THE LAWYER: Peter Van Norden, Philip Proctor
ROSANNAH/GINGER NUT: Devon Sorvari, Melanie Lora (Cover)
ALONZO/NIPPERS: Daniel Blinkoff

*member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S. This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Los Angeles Membership Company Rule

Production Team

Musical Directors: Steven Jones & Billy Thompson
Movement: Kay Cole
Scenic Design: Laura Fine Hawkes
Costume Design: A. Jeffrey Schoenberg
Lighting Design: Jose Lopez

“Excellent new musical.” – LA Times

“It’s a memorable evening of fun, fine music, and nurturing food for thought.” – Grigware

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